Later, BJP high command decided to conduct secret poll to avoid more fight among its MLAs. Soon after the legislative party meeting, BJP MLAs casted their 'secret' votes to elect the new Karnataka CM. The final front-runners for the post were Jagadish Shettar and BSY loyalist Sadananda Gowda.
Soon after his resignation, BS Yeddyurappa, the first BJP chief minister in south India, asked BJP high command to appoint Sadanada Gowda as his successor. But BJP high command and some of the state leaders including Jagadish Shettar, Ananth Kumar, Ashoka, Acharya were against it and said that the party will not bend for BSY. It lead to political instability in the state as majority of the MLAs openly supported Yeddyurappa.
According to unconfirmed reports, out of the 112 MLAs who voted for their leader, Gowda won only by a slim majority of 63 votes with rival Jagdish Shettar managing to get 55 votes.
DV Sadananda Gowda is the President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Karnataka. He represents Udupi Chikmagalur constituency in Karnataka. With a degree in Science and Law, Gowda was active as the District General Secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).